Planning a birthday party, especially a girl's 16th, is a fun, exciting activity, that is sometimes also daunting. This is a guide about 16th birthday party ideas for girls.
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My 16th birthday is coming up and I need ideas for my birthday party. I'm going to have it at my church's gym and invite around 30 friends. Any ideas for group games, activities, or any other fun things we could do?
By Emma F.
If you can get a hold of a karaoke then you can have song competitions for the best imitation, funniest, & group effort.
- dance competition
- You could have a photo caption booth with a person taking pics or have a video camera ready for the guests to leave fun messages. This is also a great keepsake for the birthday girl.
What are some ideas for a 16th birthday party?
Play triple dog. Where the birthday girl picks who goes first. The girl who is picked must pick a girl to dare them. If they fail to complete the dare they could challenge the person who dared them to complete the dare, it that person successfully completes the dare, the girl who didn't do the dare must shave her head, or something crazy.
I am looking for food ideas (other then pizza) for a girls 16th birthday party. It's going to be held at an indoor pool. There will be about 6 to 8 teenagers and some adults. Any ideas on activities would be appreciated too.
Hilda from Hagerstown, MD
By Hilda Cooper12/31/2008
Thanks everyone for your ideas. We went with a semi-Hawaiian theme. Fruit kabobs were a big hit because all the girls are so weight conscience even some of the young men. Teriyaki chicken kabobs. Cup cakes arranged in the number 16, instead of a traditional birthday cake. That way no extra plates or forks needed and they could grab them, go and wander around the pool. Good time had by all. Thanks again!
I am turning 16 in March and I want to have a big party, but as of right now I can't think of a good theme for my party. I'm afraid anything I choose might be a disaster and I just can't decide. So if you have any good ideas I would love to hear them. Thank you.
By Caci from SC
I'm turning 16 in July my prom is also in July on the 15th, so I am having a prom theme party on the 22nd everyone thinks its a really good idea as they will get more wear out of their prom outfits :) if your not how about a theme maybe a fancy dress, or a themed fancy dress? Favorite celebs, singers, actors or Disney characters?
I turn 16 next year and don't really have a set birthday party idea. I considered doing something at a local pavilion or club, but didn't know if that was too fancy for a boy's sixteenth birthday. My mom's willing to pay for anything I want. Any suggestions?
By Antwan R.
How about having it at a community club, going out or a massive party? It's your birthday and your choice. How about getting your friends to help you plan?
I am having my 16th birthday party this Friday and I already have the main thing planned. I'm filling balloons with neon washable paints and putting black lights everywhere in my backyard to have a paint balloon fight with all my friends like in the movie "10 Things I Hate About You". It's going to be at night but my only problem is that its going to be about 39 degrees outside. Does anyone have any ideas to do in case its too cold or if we finish the fight early because the party is from 7-11p.
By Taylor from Houston, TX
I'm fifteen, and a good idea is to do a campfire, unless it's raining of course (: I did one at my last birthday party, and everyone really enjoyed it. It kept everyone calm while at the same time they had fun.
another idea is the simple games of truth or dare, apples to apples, twister, or you could make your own pizzas or something fun like that. good luck!
I need some frugal birthday ideas for my twins that are turning 16. A young man and a young woman. Please help!
By Deb from Cypress, CA
What a great Idea! Our Church would let us use the kitchen and we could have a "cook off" Girls vs Boys...good healthy "inexpensive" fun. Maybe we can make our own cake too!
I'm having a sweet 16 party on November 9th, and it is going to be a dance party. I'm trying to think of how to decorate it because its going to be at my clubhouse in my neighborhood. I was thinking of black and dark pink colors or something like that. I was wondering what kind of party favors I could do that would not be to expensive. I found these cute invitations that look like tickets but I didn't know if that would be a good idea because it isn't a concert. So any opinions you have or any other help would be great. Thanks.
Alayna from Georgia
I will be 16 soon and I want to do something for my birthday, but I don't want it to cost too much. Anyone got any ideas?
By Ethel Gerberick04/30/2013
How about having a scavenger hunt. Have a selection of items they must find. You could take pictures in advance of items for them to locate. Ex.- a house with a missing shutter, a red door. Maybe this will give you an idea. Then when they return to the house have cake and ice cream.
I'm throwing a party for my triplets and they all have different party ideas. What are some ideas that they will all agree on?
By April C
I have no idea how you get any 16 year olds to agree. Maybe get 3 ideas from each person, write each 1 on piece of paper and put them (9 pieces) into a hat/bowl and
get them to pull out 1 each then put the 3 they pulled out into a hat and the one pulled out is the way to go.
I'm 15 turning 16 next week. I need some ideas that are quick to plan and for a moderate amount of money. I'm having my best friends over. I don't drink alcohol and my parents would never allow a house party. All my best friends are different and I want them all to have fun. I'm not sure what to do. I like to dance and sing, but some of my friends, I don't think would be up for karaoke or anything like that. I'm so lost. Any ideas based on the information I gave?
I am having my birthday at a gym, we have a photo booth and will be playing volleyball. I need ideas for other activities to do, there will be people of all ages. Any ideas?
I want something good for my birthday party, but I don't know what to have. I want to invite 10 friends.
I'm just starting to plan my 16th. It's about two months away in early September. I'ts going to be a superhero and super villain party and I need some really good food ideas. Any advice would be great.
By Kara K
By Nikki Q06/23/2013
- virgin cocktails with names like hulk smash, thor's hammer, and black widow.
- get creative with cheese, grapes, pretzels, and more to make superhero symbol crackers
-order pizzas and ask them to arrange the toppings in superhero/villain symbols
- make rice crispy bites and put flags in them that say "pop" "smash" "crack" and the like.
I'm having my sweet 16th in a week and a half and its going to be a gangsta paradise theme, but I'm not sure what kind of activities to do. Please help!
My sixteenth birthday is coming up in a few months and I have no idea what to do, I'm not like most girly girls so I would prefer more of a club type atmosphere or anything that involves dancing. Any ideas on places in Durban where I can make this happen? Thanks.
I am having my 16th birthday at a park with different sport activities, if anyone wants to play. But I need more ideas on what to do at my party. Any ideas?
By Alexis B
Have you thought about a movie night at home? Get some snacks and a bunch of movies you guys can just wear pjs and have blankets. And make it a sleep over.
Or you could do make overs with your friends, like you can get those little packs of face masks for really cheap and do each others nails and make up. Then take s bunch of pictures of each other and do a fashion show or something like that. You can blast music or make it like a spa up to you.
Crafting or baking party there are so many things you can do for very low cost well good luck and happy birthday.
I'm turning 16 soon and my parents don't exactly have a lot of money to spend for my birthday because my little brother's birthday is a week after mine. What should I do that is inexpensive and yet something fun I can actually get to enjoy and remember?
By Katelyn P.
A birthstone ring?
I am having a 16th in early September and I am not sure what to do. I have some ideas: dance party, scavenger hunt, things like that, but I am still unsure. And I can't spend too much. Any ideas?
I am turning sixteen in a few months. I really want to do something small, like go out with four of my close friends, but I have no idea what to do. I don't want to have a sleepover, because we have sleepovers literally every week! Any ideas?
By Izzi V.
By Louise B.08/14/2013
Why don't you investigate going to live theatre or something like that, which you couldn't do with a group. Perhaps you could even take a trip to a nearby city, if you live in a small center or in the country, to attend this event. Combined with a dinner or lunch out at a nice bistro or upscale cafe, this would be very nice for girls your age. As well, most restaurants will have the staff bring out cake and sing happy birthday if you let them know it is that kind of party, and that is pretty special!
My birthday is September first and it lands on Labor Day weekend. My parents said I could do whatever I want, they even said I could throw a party. But I'm not the party type. My mom then suggested I go out with a few of my friends for dinner and movies. That sounded really nice except I have friends that I'm close to that either don't know each other or they don't like each other. And I really don't want any drama on my birthday. Please help me with some ideas on where to go or on what to do, I can invite I think around 5-7 friends. Thank you, your help is much appreciated.
I am planning a sweet 16 in December and need ideas for what you could do in the cold weather! I have a lot of friends and I want them to not be bored. Please help.
I am turning 16 in February and it is going to be cold. I am planning a girl and boys party and I am not a girl girl. I want my party to be great fun and memorable, something that my friends will never forget. I don't know if I want my party to be in February or just wait until the summer to have my party. So I need help on themes and games. Please help!
By Kathleen M from Finksburg, MD
By Klasee Jade G.12/01/2013
I am having a 16th birthday in February also. If everything goes as planned I'm going to rent out a space and have a giant party with everyone i know. but I am doing it with my sister for her 15th birthday but we will each have our entrance and what not. I am still worried about how its gonna turn out but oh well.
I just wanna ask for ideas. I don't have any idea of what theme I should go with. Can you suggest a theme that is related to my sweet sixteen birthday? and what is cool?
I'm having my sweet 16 in two months and I still need to come up with ideas. The main theme is Murder Mystery. I want to have a nice dinner that ends up in us having to solve a mystery. It doesn't have to be a murder mystery, but a mystery of some sort. I'd like to keep it cheap.
You could use a boxed game set, ($20 on Amazon, as low $3 on ebay). You could try your local book store or Goodwill for these as well. Make your invitations, ask people to dress as their character, instant party. Do you have a favorite mystery you've read? That could work also.
My birthday is in October and I am going to be 16. I need help, I am having a limo and a party, but I need something to do before that. Could you please help me? I am stuck.
By Georgia L from Llandudno, Wales
So I don't really want to have a big party. I would rather have fewer friends over and do something special that I will remember. My birthday is a week after Halloween so its usually cold where I live.
I am having a 16th birthday party and I can't pick a theme. Do you have any ideas? I think I might have my party at my local community center, but I am not sure. I also need ideas on games, food, and well everything; it's in two months and I have no idea what I want. Please help!
My friend and I are both turning 16 and want to have a joint party. We are on a very limited budget and can only invite 20-30 people. I was thinking about like, a scavenger hunt in two teams each with a different birthday girl and we end up meeting in the same place, but I'm not sure she would go for it. I think she wants a more elegant dinner type thing, but I'm not sure that we can afford it. Help!
By Tia xx
By Louise B.09/18/2013
This sounds like a very nice idea. There is no reason you could not end with something elegant. I'd suggest, however, something less formal, as 16 year old boys are not into "elegant". I am sure they would much prefer burgers. You could do sliders (tiny makes it elegant), and how about birthday cupcakes arranged on tiered plates, with iced tea in lovely glasses.
So, I know it sounds a little bit childish, but why not. I'm having a superhero themed sixteenth birthday party for my birthday this year.
I've got almost everything, like Batman invites, Superman plates, and the Hulk cake. I just need some activities that my friends (15-17) will enjoy and that will make this a party to remember.
Can you please help me?
By Zoe Bree
My 16th birthday is in a month and two days and we plan to have a party on November 1st, which is two days after my birthday. My mom wants me to get ideas for a party and I want both friends and family there, but it has to be cool. I have no ideas on what to do. Help please.
By Katelyn R
I'm turning 16 in about 2 weeks. I have no money to spend, but I'm trying to make it fun. I'm having about 25 girls over and I want it to be just a fun hang out kind of thing, but don't want it be boring. I was thinking some games we could play would be fun, but I don't know any games to play. Any ideas?
By Koki F.
By Paul Wilson10/08/2013
How about a costume contest? Or have your friends bring clothes that can be cut up and make zombie outfits and practice for halloween. Add popcorn and scary movies and outdoor christmas lights! The 18 year old next door did this and it was the best party ever!
My oldest daughter is turning 16 in a week and she wants to have a party. We don't have a very big house and also don't have a lot of money. She has a list of about 17 people, boys and girls. Any ideas?
By Carlene V from Coeur d'Alene, ID
Get the guests to come early with their make-up bags and they can all do each other's hair and make-up as a warm up to the party. Then just provide loud music and plenty of pizza and burgers. Maybe have a fashion show where they can strut their stuff up and down the room.
I am turning 16 on Halloween and I really don't know what to do because there's school. But I wanna have a party or go out with friends and family can you please help me?
I'm having a sweet 16 in 3 weeks and I have no idea what food I should serve or what I should do.
By Amanie from NSW
I'm turning 16 in November. Where I live it's gonna be quite cold. I have no idea what to do. Ideas?
By Caitlinn A.
I don't have many friends and I don't really want to do anything for my birthday. What's something fun and creative I can do for my 16th birthday? Please help, it's a week from today!
By Victoria V.
I was born in America, but grew up in Ireland. Everyone thinks that seeing as I'm kind of a yank and turning 16 is huge over there I should do something biggish for my 16th in March. It is 6 months away, I'm just not sure what to do. Having sleepovers, going to town for the day, going to the cinema, or going to discos are always done for everyone's birthday every year. I'd love to do something different, something new. There would be 10 people including me (all girls). I would really appreciate any ideas, because I really can't think of anything! And if possible, the less it costs the better.
By Bláthnaid F.
How about a spa pampering party? You can assemble the materials ahead of time. Google for DIY facial recipes, etc. Then do each others makeup and hair and pose for your own Glamour Shots!
I'll be 16 in a couple weeks and I'm really excited. I love having the attention! I'm not really sure what to do. I live in New Mexico now in a really small town and have a lot of friends here and in Arizona. I have an option to stay here for my birthday and do something really small and affordable (low cost) or I can go to Arizona for a few days for my birthday weekend and see old friends, but idk what I'd do either way? any ideas?
By Asha S.
My birthday is in less than a month and I need some ideas on what to do to celebrate. I was thinking maybe a hotel party, but I'm not too sure about it. Any ideas on what I should do? I'm not really into having a party though.
My twin and I are turning 16 next week and next weekend we're having a party. So far, we know who we are going to invite and where the main part of it will be. There will be about 13 people in all, if everyone shows up. And we're planning a bonfire (my twin's idea). My twin wants me to think of something to do also. (We are both girls.)
What else would 15/16 year olds like to do?
I really need some ideas for my birthday, it's next week on November 15. I want to really have an exciting unforgettable birthday!
By Briana M
I am having my 16th birthday party in 2 and a half weeks and I have no clue what activities to do! It is just going to be a simple thing at my house with like five friends, but they keep telling me I need to do something somewhat big. So far we are going to do smores outside over a fire and play bunco so any ideas are welcome.
Thank you in advance.
My birthday is in 3 weeks, and I can't think of anything to do for my party.
By Kaylee from Groves, TX
My 16th birthday is coming up and I have no idea what to do. I have had a party the last 2 years. I want to do something with my friends, but it has to be affordable. If you have any ideas please tell.
By Adrianna from CO
What are some good, fun, exciting, unusual places to have your 16th bday that would be remembered forever?
By Brittany M
I'm turning 16 at the end of the week. My parents want a detailed party plan from the moment guests arrive to the moment they leave. I'm going with a "Summer Evening" theme, and there's gonna be about 20 people. Any ideas?
By Klaudia Z.
I wanna have a really good 16th birthday party that everyone will remember and were they will have fun! I just need help figuring out what we could all do. My birthday is January 21st, but I'm having my party the 17th of January. Help!
By Nina H
My party is on the first of February, and I want to have a big celebration. The problem with that is I can't have an expensive party. People of both genders will be invited. I'm open to just about anything unique and fun. Does anyone have any ideas?
By Kelsey Y.
I'm having a sweet sixteen in April and it will be around income tax time so money is not an issue. I want to invite 30-40 friends, boys and girls. But I don't know what would be fun activities for us to play because they each like something different. I don't know where to have it at either. I live in a decent sized town. I'm a girl in need of help.
By Timysha F.
I am looking for ideas for my birthday party, including the dress code, color, and the theme of the party.
My 16th birthday is coming up. My party has to be cheap and at my house in winter. I don't know what I should do for my party. I don't even know how many people I am inviting. I'm a tomgirl so it can't be very girly. Please help me with some ideas.
By Elizabethfrom NE
I'm turning 16 soon, and I would love to do something fun with my friends. My birthday is in late February and I'm in Southern California. I want to bring about 3-5 friends and since times are hard, it's $200 all together.
It's mixed boy and girl. I need to think about weather. My dad will pay for them depending on how much, and they'd pitch in to help as well. So yeah, please help. Thanks (:
By Jennifer G.
I'm turning 16 in March and have no idea what to do. I have considered a bon fire or maybe going to a indoor pool, but I'm so lost. I will have about 10 other friends there at the most. I would like it to be somewhat cheap for my parent's budget.
I want it to be super fun and something I will never forget. Any ideas or suggestions? I would like to do something outside, but with the weather, I'm not sure.
By Sabrina from Mt.Vernon, MO
By Louise B.02/09/2014
I personally think that it is the friends you spend the event with rather than the "stuff" you do that makes the time special. The simplest things can be the best fun. Both of your ideas sound like fun. Perhaps you could do both. I always think that spending time around a campfire, talking, roasting hotdogs, making s'mores, etc. is a wonderful time. Perhaps one of your friends knows how to play a guitar and you can have a sing-a-long. That is always fun.
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I'm throwing a sweet 16 the 1st weekend in November (Saturday the 3rd, because my birthday is the 1st of November). It's going to be a dance party at my neighborhood club house and I'm not really sure if my party should have a theme or not. I'm trying to think of a cute centerpiece for the tables for when we eat dinner. Also I wasn't sure what I should serve for dinner or if I should just serve snacks. If you have any ideas please help me. Alayna from Dacula, GA
P.S. There is a "ready to use" cheese cake filling on the market in Ca. Check to see if it is available in your town. Would be easier than mixing for this recipe. (07/19/2007)
I am turning 16 this year and have no idea what to do for it. I am looking for lower budget ideas, themes are okay, and preferably for both guys and girls. Thanks so much!
Movie night: Rent or borrow some movies and have popcorn, snow caps, dots, sour patch kids, and any other popular candies you usually associate with the movies. You could come up with some movie trivia for games (or borrow that "Scene It" game, etc.) These kinds of parties are common; but nice if not a lot of the kids will know each other, because you don't have to make so much conversation.
Luau: Go tropical. Everyone wears leis and with summer clearance sales going on right now, you could probably get some pretty decorations inexpensively. Our dollar tree store also carries luau themed decorations. Foods would include a lot of fruit (like fruit kabobs) with dips, fruit smoothies (ice, fruit juice concentrate, and lemon-lime soda blended together), and so on. Games could include limbo, guessing how many seashells in a jar, etc.
A color theme: choose your fav. color and plan around that--including letting your friends know to wear that color. Decorate with balloons, shapes cut from construction paper, table cloths and paper goods from the dollar store. Games could include Twister, balloon volley, seeing who can come up with the most song titles that include the color, same game with books, etc.Animal Theme: If you have a favorite animal, go with that.
The Oriental Trading company sells a lot of themed party goods. They might also be a good place to go look around for ideas (hey, looking is free!).
If you have a friend with a talent for choosing music, maybe they could do the "DJ-ing" as their gift to you? If you can be outside, the little white lights (like Christmas tree lights) look beautiful strung overhead from the trees. (08/26/2008)
As the mother of seven, four of which are girls, I have thrown more than my share of parties. Each of my girls have very different ideas, hobbies, and passions. So the party themes are varied as well. Please keep in mind that I do not pick a theme on short notice and I am always looking for new and different ideas. Planning and fore thought make for the most successful parties. The longer you have to plan, the cheaper the event. The following ten ideas have been tried and have all been repeated by others in our area. The greatest flatter is when someone else hosts a party with your original theme.Prom Night:
Raid the closets of your family and friends for old prom, bridesmaids, formals, and gowns. Thrift stores often have them for a few dollars. It is best to have at least three or four per girl. Various sizes and styles make for a more exciting fashion show. You will also need a great deal of safety pins and hundreds of bobby pins. When the girls arrive let them go crazy trying on all the dresses. Some will require privacy to change. Once the gowns have been selected, the hair salon opens. Let the girls do each others hair. Once the hair is in place which generally takes an hour, make up is applied. I highly suggest that you not have heels for the girls to wear. Someone can get hurt. Plus the tennis shoes they have on, add to the look.
You could have a limo take the girls to a movie or a restaurant once the proper look has been achieved. But a limo is not needed. Everyone looks and stares at the girls in their finery. The girls will love the attention. Wraps, boas, and old mink stoles add to the glamor. When you arrive back home, let the girls do a fashion show to strut their stuff. Dancing is often done after the show. One year, we even had corsages for all of them. They all had a flower to take home as a keep sake.Backwards Party:
The girls are greeted at the door with a good-bye and thanks for attending the party. All clothes must be turned wrong side out or worn backwards. The dining room chairs are placed on the table, and the tablecloth is on the floor under the table. The cake and plates are on the floor. The girls eat the ice cream and cake first and then sing happy birthday. Gifts are opened next. Make sure the birthday girl thanks each person before she opens the gift. Games are played. Do immature younger games, but play them backwards. After games, the girls will change into their pajamas, backwards or course. While the girls watch a movie, fix them breakfast food. Served under the table of course.
In the morning, serve chips and soda pop for breakfast. Added bonus, you do not have to deal with the sugar rush, their parents do. When it is time to leave, welcome the girls with a hello and how wonderful they look. Since you have not seen them in forever. We write the invitation backwards to get the party started right.Cooking Night:
I write on cheap rolling pins from the dollar store for the invitations. Tie ribbons on the ends for flair. I collect ugly aprons from thrift stores and garage sales for this event. I also collect paper chef hats. When the kids arrive, have them each make their own pizza dough. It will need time to rise. While the dough is getting ready have several bowls of white icing ready. Let the kids use food coloring to make several different colors with the white icing. Make sure each child gets to make a color. Have at least three cupcakes per child made before the party begins.
Now let the kids pat out the dough, make crust, apply sauce, cheese, and toppings for their very own creation. They will use three times the amount of cheese that is needed, so stock up or explain that less is more. While the pizza pies are cooking, have them decorate their cupcakes.
After the pizzas have been admired and eaten, the real fun begins. Take number 10 cans with lids, have each child measure out the cream, sugar, and mix in a three pound coffee can with lid. Insert the three can into the ten can. Add ice, and salt. The kids will then spend the next hour to hour and a half rolling the cans back and forth to make ice cream. Driveway or non carpeted room is perfect for this. The ice cream and cupcakes are the highlight of the event.Scavenger Hunt, and It Only Gets Bigger Party:
We do this together as one party, but only one can prove to be as awesome as well. When the kids arrive they draw a number. We have team 1 and team 2. Each group will need an adult chaperon. Each team starts with a pen. They go from one house to another in your neighborhood asking for something bigger. But they can only trade up once at a single house. For example: they trade the pen for a comb, the comb for a brush, the brush for a stuffed animal, the animal for a roll of paper towels, the towels, for a bucket, etc. The teams have one hour to get the biggest item. It will amaze you at how much fun the neighbors have helping and what they trade for. One team brought back an old ten speed bike and the other a two wheeled cart. The winning team must serve the losing team ice cream and cake. Let the kids rest and open gifts.
Now it is off to the mall. Once again, teams are drawn. Each team is given a list of 50 things that they need to scavenger for. The lists must be the same items and one paper sack to hold their items. Each team has an adult chaperon. They can ask people walking in the mall, people working in stores, etc. Each team has an hour to collect the most items. The bags are collected and it is the perfect time to watch a movie at the mall or go home to watch a movie. The items are counted in front of all the kids when you arrive home and a winner is declared. The winners must make the popcorn, chips, and drinks for the losing team. Items on the list can include a paper clip, green stamp, a milk jug lid, straight pin, gas receipt, stamp, Q-tip, etc. Make sure the items are small and hard to find.Jewelry Party:
This party theme is a huge hit with the pre-teen set. I buy any and all beads, craft jewelry, old unique jewelry for the pieces, costume jewelry pieces, and craft sets. I only buy at thrift stores, garage sales, and the after Christmas sales for these items. Cross stitch yarn is a must and can be bought on clearance at all fabric stores. The girls make necklaces, bracelets, and rings for themselves and for the birthday girl. Friendship bracelets take hours to make and the girls can watch movies while they make their unique color designs.Spa Day Party:
Collect shower caps for this event. Most hotels will give you a dozen if you ask nicely. The things you will need on hand are: cotton balls, nail polish in many colors, cuticle sticks, nail polish remover, cucumber, oatmeal, honey, bath salts, nail files, scented lotions, dish soap, small bowls, and large pans for soaking feet, flip flops, and fabric strips. Pour dish soap in small bowls for the girls to soak their fingernails in. Have them do this at the table so they can talk together as they soak. Show them how to correct and push back their cuticles. Have them paint each others finger nails.
Cake and ice cream before you soak their feet in bath salts. The birthday girl can open gifts in front of them as they soak. Now it is time to fill their toes with cotton balls and paint their own toe nails. Scented lotions should be applied now. Flip flops can be purchased in September from Old Navy, Gap, Rue 21, etc. for 50 cents to a dollar. Buy most in your daughters size and a few larger and smaller. Have the girls make designer flip flops in their school colors. Have them cut stripes of fabric and tie knots to make a personal pair for each to wear and show off their pretty toe nails.
Pajamas are now put on and the shower caps are dawned. Have the girls make their own facial cream. I use oatmeal and honey. As the girls get comfortable for a movie, have them each lay down and put cucumbers on their eyes. This reduces puffy eyes and makes the girls tired. They laugh and talk for a few minutes and by twenty minutes they are fighting not to go to sleep. Time for them to put on their facial masks and watch a movie. Twenty to thirty minutes later, let them wash the dried mask off. They can do each others hair as they finish the movie. In the morning, rave about how wonderful they all look.Art Party:
Messy, fun, and the kids get to make their own creations. I buy ugly long sleeve men's shirts at garage sales for the kids to wear over their clothes. Have four or five art projects ready. Sidewalk chalk gets a great mural started on your driveway and starts their creative juices flowing. We have painted flower pots, birdhouses, wooden bins, piggy banks, and even glass vases. Whatever you can find that all match and are not expensive. Brushes can be bought at the dollar store.
In April you can find plain sweatshirts for a dollar at Wal-Mart. Buy them in various sizes and try to get them all the same color. Iron double sided instant hem on the back of a floral fabric that matches the sweatshirt before the party. Letter stencils will help the girls draw and cut out their own names in the fabric. After you have ironed their names on the sweatshirts, have the girls use puff paint to outline the letters. Hint: the girls must use the puff paint on the shirts in a place where the shirts will not be moved till in the morning. It takes several hours for the puff paint to dry.
Buy flat sheets at garage sales. They become perfect canvases for the kids to paint on. Finger painting is also fun. Buy face paint at costume shops and mass merchandisers after Halloween. After the girls have painted their own portrait for the birthday girl as a keep sake, have them go crazy painting their own faces, and each others. They will laugh till they cry.Make the World a Better Place Party:
When the kids arrive have them draw numbers for two different teams. Explain to them that they are going to make the world a better place in the next few hours. Ask each one to think of one way that they could make the world a better place. Have them write it down on a piece of paper and collect them. Explain that helping others can be fun and make them feel better about themselves. To prove it, they are going to see which team can collect the most canned goods to feed those less fortunate. The winning team will get a prize.
As the teams are getting ready to leave with a chaperon, that has an empty trunk for all the food they collect, dare them to take it a step further. Tell them that you are not sure if they can do two things at once. Show them a single plastic shopping bag and ask them if they know what it is made out of. Some will be surprised to find out it is made of plastic or oil and even both sometimes. Explain to them that those bags that their groceries come home in, are filling up our dumps and hurting the environment. Dare them to see which team can collect the most bags as well.
Find a local food bank ahead of time that the kids can give the food to. Set up a time for them to meet you. Have them praise the kids and tell them how many people they will feed with the food they collected. If your party starts at 2. The kids should collect from 2:30 to 3:30. Set up a 4 o'clock appointment for the kids to help deliver the food. Then arrange for the kids to take all the plastic bags to a recycling center. If one is not available or open at that time. Have them take them to a not-for-profit resale shop to be reused. Be sure that the kids know the name of the food bank they are collecting for. You can even print a small flier with the name of the food bank on it and ask for people to help their cause. You can get 10 on a single piece of paper for them to hand out at the door.
After the teams have collected and delivered their good deeds it is back to the birthday girl's house. They will all be hungry and tired. After cake and food, read the ways they can help the world, that they wrote when they arrived. Tell them how proud you are of them and all that they have done.
We have made fleece blankets for nursing homes with the knot ties, drawn get well cards for those at the hospital, letters to soldiers over seas, and once we collected money for a local child with cancer. They raised over a hundred dollars going door to door in an hour. You would have thought it was a million by the look of pride on their faces.70's Party:
Go to older person's garage sales and old thrift stores for the clothes. The uglier the better. It is disco time. You cannot have enough polyester. Large wigs are a great hit. Have them watch John Travolta shake his stuff in Saturday Night Fever. Teach them how to do the hustle. Dance to the Bee Gees and Donna Summers. It is a laid back theme that the kids love.Costume Party:
Have the kids come in costume, no matter what time of the year. Each one has a sports uniform, old Halloween costume, dance recital costume, or parents' old clothes to wear. When they arrive have each one state exactly whom they are in costume of. It cannot be just a foot ball player, it must be a specific player. The other kids must call them by their character name from that point on, plus they must talk, act, and do what their character would do at all times. Then take them out for a fun evening. Go out to dinner, a movie, miniature golf, etc. They must stay in character the whole evening. Accents are a perfect addition to the charade. The kids will get tons of attention where ever they go. It is a winner every time.
These ideas can be done easily and cheaply if planned in advance. My children must have their theme by their half birthdays each year. It is their day and it should be celebrated. To make it more memorable, take tons of pictures. Plus, make sure all siblings are not a part of the event. A sitter or grandparent can take them during the party. Make your child feel like the only person in the world that day. Give them all of your attention. That is the best gift of all. Don't worry if it is not perfect. Accidents will happen, something will break, and your carpet is going to get stained. Just smile at your child and remember that they are what is important. The other things can be replaced, but your child can not. Now, let's party!By Crystal from Branson, MO (08/26/2008)
By Barb from Mich.
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